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Surviving the storm

The recent hailstorm and the damage it brought with it brought to mind similar storms I grew up with in the Nebraska Panhandle as a boy. They were a c...

 By Rex Clothier    Opinion    July 25, 2019

Remembering the past

It took a persistent persuasion to convince my dad that he needed a break from caring for my mother in the nursing home, and that the semi-annual...

 By Rex Clothier    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Three simple words

During a conversation with a friend a few days ago, we agreed that there were times that it was difficult to tell the truth without hurting the feelin...

 By Rex Clothier    Opinion    April 25, 2019

An Easter lesson

The trouble with life-changing events is that the change usually comes about after a catastrophic event that is so frightening that one would suffer...

 By Rex Clothier    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Memories of days gone by

Every so often without warning, a long ago and far away memory pops up to bring back feelings that have hibernated for decades. That song that...

 By Rex Clothier    Sports    March 21, 2019

Wrestlers celebrate

Bobcat wrestlers, their families and fans gathered at the middle school Tuesday, March 12, to...


Wrestlers take fourth at state

When the Western Regional champion Bobcats headed to Casper for the state tournament Thursday, it... Full story


Bobcat wrestlers take first at 2A regionals

Kemmerer was the site for the strongest Bobcat wrestling performance in decades. Fifteen...


A big problem needs a big person

When I was 4 or 5, we lived in a civilianized army mustering point in Great Bend, Kansas after Dad returned from the war. That development existed...


Wrestlers heading to regionals

Thursday and Friday Bobcat wrestlers proved the sports adage that the scoreboard doesn’t always tell the whole story of any contest. Visiting Worlan...


Bobcat wrestlers win at Greybull Invitational

It's been a while since anyone on a wrestling bus had occasion to shout "We're Number One," but...


Wrestlers make a night to remember

With the largest crowd in years looking on, Bobcat wrestlers created a memory no other Thermopolis... Full story


Wrestlers outscore several teams

Thermopolis wrestlers came back to earth at the Lander Valley Invitational Friday and Saturday. Fini... Full story


Keep an eye on the goal

Recently I received a Christmas card from Marty (Martin when not in the wrestling room). Marty was assigned to me as a project. He was about 6’2...


Wrestlers show their strength

Starting a busy week, Thermopolis wrestlers journeyed to Cody on Tuesday for a dual. Though the...


Bobcat wrestlers see first action of the new year

Thermopolis wrestlers opened 2019 at the Shane Shatto Memorial Invitational in Douglas on Friday... Full story


Wrestlers shut down Greybull/Riverside

A depleted Greybull/Riverside wrestling team had a long ride home after a 62-0 shutout Thursday by...


Wrestlers top point earners

Thermopolis wrestlers started their season at the Powell Invitational Friday and Saturday on a high... Full story


A season of arrival

Thinking back to long ago Christmas seasons which usually started about the second week of December for most families, I’ve realized that those...


Coach ready to make believers

In his first year as HSCHS head wrestling coach, Travis McDermott, brings impressive credentials to the task. The homegrown 1991 graduate of HSCHS... Full story


The impact of disaster

I just completed watching the first episode of Ken Burns’ “Dust Bowl” which was originally aired on PBS several years ago. It had a special mean...


The measure of a man

A poem I once read and taught from spoke to the heart about a trip by the poet to the home of his youth. In it he spoke of how much smaller than his...

 By Rex Clothier    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Strong memories of soap

While watching an old rerun of a late 50’s TV show, I happened upon an old commercial about a soap product that was 99 & 44/100 percent pure. (I...

 By Rex Clothier    Opinion    June 14, 2018

Important life lessons

Some time ago, I was surprised by a question from a young friend (actually a teenager): What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the loo...

 By Rex Clothier    Opinion    May 17, 2018

A word about community support

Sixty years ago (Oh my gosh, can it be that long ago?), Cody hosted Torrington in the state championship 3A football game in a November blizzard, 38...


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